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>> nice. >> i'm jim rosen field, and nightly news with lester is next. hope to see you at 11:00. good night. breaking news tonight. polls closing in indiana. trump eyeing a knockout. while ted cruz explodes after trump throws out an up supported tabloid story about cruz's father and jfk's assassin. our new interview with hillary clinton taking on trump. a u.s. navy s.e.a.l. kled by isis in iraq, years after the end of combat operations. thousands of u.s. troops still in danger. antibiotics warning, alarming new findings, why you might think twice before taking that next prescription. the cdc alert every parent should hear. and iconic photo mystery. did his tri get something wrong about one of the most famous images ever captured? the new evidence raising doubts 70
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years after iwo jima. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. with indiana, and any reasonable chance of stopping donald trump on the line tonight, ted cruz went personal on trump like we've never seen him in a stinging tirade attacking the front-runner with a serial philanderer. cruz is trying to force trump to stum short of the are republican nomination. the polls leading up to today showing that as a tall order. most polls in the state have closed. votes are being counted. polls in the entire state will be closed just minutes from now. nbc's hallie jackson leads off our coverage tonight. >> reporter: on a day that could decide the future of the
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republican race, intensely personal politics. >> the man is utterly a moron. >> reporter: ted cruz unleashing his arsenal donald trump. >> trump is a serial philanderer. >> reporter: wrestling back the narrative less than 24 hours after cruz confronted trump supporters, trump pouncing, describes cruz as a desperate candidate trying to save his failing campaign. arguing he's unhinged, without the temperament to p president. cruz's own attack line turned against him. cruz's campaign disgusted by trump's tactics, bringing up an unproven tabloid story. >> it's disgraceful. his father was with lee harvey oswald prior to oswald being shot. the whole thing is being ridiculous. >> reporter: rafael cruz himself
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responding. this audio, an nbc exclusive. >> this is nuts. yes, my dad killed jfk, he is secretly elvis and jimmy hoffa is buried in his backyard. >> reporter: through it all, today cruz again refusing to answer whether he supports trump as the gop nominee. >> hallie, you've asked -- >> if you say he's a pathological liar and you say -- >> hallie, you've asked one already. >> reporter: trump's aides say they're focusing more on hillary clinton starting tomorrow. bracing for a loss tonight, but unless it's devastating, watch for cruz to stay in this race. why? aides arguing donald trump could still drop the ball on the goal line, and that if republicans need a hail mary, cruz should be there to deliver. >> hallie jackson,
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thanks. hillary clinton isn't in indiana tonight. instead setting her sights on the general election, unleashing new attacks on donald trump in an interview with nbc news. a likely preview of the potential clashes to come. but as nbc's andrea mitchell reports, bernie sanders and his supporters are showing no signs of going anywhere anytime soon. >> morning, senator. >> reporter: tonight bernie sanders feeling confident in indiana. >> a little bit of rain isn't going to keep people in indiana from casting their votes. >> reporter: hillary clinton bypassing indiana where sanders is drawing huge clouds, to campaign in ohio and west virginia today. >> i'm really focused on moving into the general election. >> reporter: now all but declaring victory down the road, saying she's ready to take on donald trump. he appears to be dumping a whole lot of stuff on you. >> people have been dumping stuff on me for 25 years. and here i am on the
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brink of becoming the first woman elected to the national party. donald trump saying about foreign policy, national security, even i find it scary. >> is he unqualified to be commander in chief? >> he's given no indication he understands the gravity of the responsibility of commander in chief. >> reporter: president obama making fun of her refusal to release the transcripts. >> if this material works well, i'm going to use it at goldman sachs next year. >> what was in that speech that you wouldn't want to reveal to the people voting for you? >> nothing. you know -- >> why not put it out there? >> because, i know that others, including mr. trump, have made speeches. and look at where we are. i've put out 33 years of tax returns. >> reporter: and here in west virginia, clinton is struggling with those same white working class voters that have been going very strongly for
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bernie sanders in some of the contests. those voters could also be key to the outcome in indiana tonight, lester. >> andrea, thank you. let's bring in our political director, the moderator of "meet the press," chuck todd. back to the republicans for a moment. if trump wins tonight in indiana, is this gop primary season virtually over? >> i think it's effectively over. what is the rationale for ted cruz going forward. it's only that way because of this, lester. look at everything that cruz has done in this last week, to try to make indiana matter. he named a running mate, he got the endorsement of the governor, convinced john kasich not to campaign in the state, he got everything his way. if he can't win under those circumstances, what's the rationale to go forward. >> chuck, thank you. a u.s. navy s.e.a.l. was killed during an attack by isis fighters in iraq. a combat test at the hands of isis years after the end of america's combat mission there. it comes at a time when u.s. military forces are expanding their role inside the
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country, as our chief foreign correspondent richard engel tells us. >> reporter: the latest american killed was a navy s.e.a.l. based in san diego. he was working with u.s. allied kurdish fighters. >> this service member when isil terrorists penetrated a checkpoint. >> reporter: a kurdish soldier said the american was driving in this armored vehicle, hit by an isis rocket. the u.s. military said he died after being shot. u.s. military officials say the isis attackers armed with light weapons and truck bombs managed to break through kurdish lines and get two miles into kurdish territory. the u.s. later wiped them out with more than 20 air strikes. two u.s. troops had already been killed since the battle against isis began. about 4,500 american troops are now deployed in iraq and syria. their numbers have grown slowly, but steadily. not how president
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obama wants to be remembered. >> you know i mean what i say. i said i'd end the war in iraq. i ended it. >> reporter: in bag lad last month, lester asked the defense secretary where this was all heading. as you add additional personnel and they're advising lower down the chain, doesn't it put more americans at higher risk? >> the iraqis are still in the lead. that doesn't change. and lester, americans are at risk today, every single day here. as secretary of defense, i take that more seriously than anything else. >> reporter: but no matter how seriously, inevitably as more troops are sent into battle, more casualties will follow. for the second day in a row, more than 45,000 students missed class in detroit, as the citywide teacher sickout forced nearly all the city schools
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to remain closed. why these teachers are so furious at the city, as they refuse to come to work, and explaining the impact on the children. >> reporter: fed up and facing no pay. detroit teachers staged a sickout for a second day. teachers like lorraine sheffield and deborah robinson. >> they've got to take us seriously. we're not a rug. we're not under anyone's feet. we shouldn't be treated like that. >> reporter: lorraine and deborah, like many teachers in detroit, choose to have their compensation spread out year round, so they still get paid during summer break. with the deeply in debt district running out of money june 30th, those summer paychecks won't come. >> that is the money that takes care of us. >> reporter: nearly every school in the district has been forced to close this week, with more than 1,500 teachers calling out, more than 45,000 students staying home. michigan's legislature
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is working on a restrek turg plan to bail the district out. the governor today said the sickouts are making that harder. >> i would hope they would get back in the classroom. because the kids come first. >> reporter: in detroit neighborhoods, an unscheduled spring break. how many of your parents went to work? >> all of them. >> i agree with the teachers. i think they should be paid. at the same time, they should find an alternative for the kids instead of having them out here with so much free time. >> reporter: late word tonight the union is encouraging teachers to return to work tomorrow, saying they now have a written guarantee that those teachers will be paid through the summer. but on this national teacher appreciation day, these teachers have felt very underappreciated. >> blake mccoy with the late word. thanks. terrifying moments today in the nation's capital when police say a man hijacked a city bus, drove off, then hit and killed a pedestrian. the suspect allegedly attacked the bus
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driver with pliers, and a screwdriver. the driver and passengers managed to escape. but the bus jumped a curb and that's when it fatally struck a gas station worker. the suspect is in custody. the trusted brand used at homes all across america for decades, now johnson & johnson has lost yet another multimillion dollar lawsuit which claims an ingredient in its popular baby talcum powder causes cancer. there are more than 1,000 other suits pending. let's get more on this from nbc's rehema ellis. >> reporter: for more than 100 years, johnson & johnson's baby powder has been promoted and widely accepted as safe. but now the company lost its second major lawsuit this year in a st. louis courtroom. johnson & johnson was ordered to pay $55 million to 62-year-old gloria, who said she used the company's baby powder with talcum as a feminine hygiene product for 40 years. she blames the talcum for causing her
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ovarian cancer, and sued johnson & johnson for failing to warn about the possible risks of talcum. >> she was using a product she thought was perfectly safe. had no idea that it might be dangerous. and that that product then had some causation for her cancer. >> reporter: jurors were shown documents plaintiff's attorney suggested johnson & johnson knew about the risks and downplayed them. >> i think that's extremely uncaring, show of no concern whatsoever for the safety and welfare of the people that they are selling to. >> reporter: the company issued a statement saying, multiple scientific and regulatory reviews have determined that talc is safe for use in cosmetic products, and the labeling on johnson's baby powder is appropriate. the american cancer society says, the research is inconclusive, but concerned women may want to avoid using the product with
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talcum. >> if they want to use some powder, cornstarch would be an alternative. >> reporter: the company says it will appeal the case, and defends the safety of its iconic baby powder. rehema ellis, nbc news, new york. still ahead here tonight, a new warning about when you should and should not take antibiotics. what experts say doctors are doing all across the country that needs to stop. also, the mystery involving one of the most iconic images of world war ii. have we all believed the wrong thing about there's a more enjoyable way to get your fiber.
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we're back now with a new warning about the antibiotics millions of americans take. researchers at the cdc say nearly one-third of those antibiotics prescribed by doctors every year are unnecessary. and all this overprescribing is only helping create dangerous drug-resistant super bugs. so when do you need an antibiotic, and when don't you? nbc's tom costello has details. >> reporter: like most twins, charlotte and clair share almost everything, including colds and ear infections. but her mom doesn't believe in pushing the antibiotics. >> she's getting so many more illnesses at this age than my husband and i do, that it would be overuse. >> reporter: smart, say researchers, who today reported a st stunning 30% of outpatient antibiotic prescriptions are unnecessary. 47 million prescriptions each year. the concern?
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antibiotics are so overprescribed, dangerous super bugs are growing immune to them. >> we don't want to be faced with a situation where we're trying to treat an infection that is so resistant, we don't have any antibiotics to use. >> reporter: children 3 and under receive the most antibiotics. often for ear infections were i usually viral and don't even respond to the drugs. but parents still want them. meanwhile, researchers say healthy adults can often fight off bacteria infections on their own. 40 brs of outpatient outpatient antibiotic use for ear, sinus or respiratory infections, more than half are unnecessary. they're needed when painful sinus infections, or bronchitis with pneumonia, or an ear infection with pus. >> these are when we're treating patients. >> reporter: in washington, they take a wait-and-see approach. >> the overall goal is
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to walk the line between adequately treating people and minimally exposing them and the population to the drug. >> that's a fine line. >> it is. >> reporter: the cdc's goal? cut unnecessary antibiotic use by 50% within four years. or we may soon have far fewer antibiotics that work. tom costello, nbc news, washington. we're back in a moment with how the smash hit musical about history just ma hey! this is lloyd. to prove to you that the better choice for him is aleve. he's agreed to give it up. ok, but i have 30 acres to cover by sundown. we'll be with him all day as he goes back to taking tylenol. yeah, i was ok, but after lunch my knee started hurting again so... more pills. yep... another pill stop. can i get my aleve back yet? for my pain... i want my aleve. get all day minor arthritis pain relief with an easy open cap. one...is all it takes......
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there's a new development tonight about one of the most famous images in u.s. history, the flag raising on iwo jima in world war ii. the marines are looking at evidence who actually raised that flag. the famous son of one of them for the first time is convinced the marines got it wrong. pete williams with the stunning new twist. >> reporter: as u.s. marines stormed the island of iwo jima off japan, six american
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servicemen raised the u.s. flag, and the photo of that moment became one of the most famous in history. for seven decades the marines identified their own in that picture. the war memorial here in washington, now amateur historians say john bradley was not among those six men cast in bronze. his son, james, wrote the best-selling book, flags of our fathers, made into a hit movie directed by clint eastwood. now for the first time bradley believes his father was not in the iconic photo after all. >> for 70 years, the government has been saying that was my father there. so it took me a little while to realize that might not be so. >> reporter: a smaller flag had been raised on iwo jima two hours earlier. amateur historian justin spence of sacramento studied released combat photos for identifying details. >> it can be little things. just a wringle in the helmet.
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it can be a wring on a finger. >> reporter: he discovered the marines failed to name two of those who raised that first flag, including navy corpsman john bradley. other amateur his tor yaps looking closely at this figure in the second flag raising say that man wore a soft cap under his helmet and had no cuffs on his pants. >> we afterwards, after he was dead, didn't realize he was talking about the first flag raising. >> reporter: the marine corps said it's humbled by the sacrifice of those who fought on iwo jima, they're looking at the new image. a little show you might have heard a thing or two about called hamilton, the broadway smash scored a record-breaking 16 tony nominations, nominated in just about every category, including, of course, best musical. when we come back, breaking barriers. meet the artist b
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most recent "hunger games" films. eli cast, a 2014 graduate, now works in the school's studio. >> the client wants us to have the face looking clean without the snow. >> reporter: he walked me through a recent project for hbo's "game of thrones." >> what's it like for you when you see your work? >> i feel thrilled. i just like to point out, oh, hey, there's my shot. >> reporter: there's also a strong focus on social skills and teamwork. >> this is what filmmakers do. they work together with others.ke and know the real meaning of friendship byp accomplishing thingsis together. >> reporter: demand is high for both the programs, there are at least three applicants for each slot, and for their work.li >> this program has well exceeded my wildest expectations. we have three of our young adults have moved out of their parents' homes and are working full-time. we're just totally blown away. >> reporter: changing
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lives as the program says one frame at aam time. erica hill, nbc news, los angeles. that will do it for us on a tuesday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching, and good night. beyonce in skin-tight latex. a battle of the baby bumps. gaga coming a feel of kate. inside new york's oscars of fashion, now on "extra." queen of the ball. taylor swift going heavy metal.
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kerry washington amp up the pregnancy rumors in a rare showing with her husband. >> you got the glow. i know the glow! >> a.j.' decision 2016. here's lester holt. >> good evening. we're joining you with breaking news in the race for president. nbc news projects donald trump has won the republican primary in indiana. a major victory for the front-runner. the democratic race at this hour, too early to call. let's bring in chuck todd now. barring some major collapse by trump, is this gop primary season essentially locked up? >> it really is. i think it's effectively over here. the rationale for ted cruz after tonight, he put everything he had in gib. he named a running mate, got the endorsement of the governor, convinced john kasich to get out of there. now we're projecting at poll close, what does that tell you, not just a trump victory, it's going to be a significant trump

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